Name: Melissa Couture.
Died: April 26, 2016.
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.
For four years before her death, Melissa’s mother did not provide medical care for her, even though she was having trouble swallowing and rapidly losing weight. Melissa died from choking, starvation, dehydration, and severe pressure sores, weighing only fifty pounds.
Perpetrator: Patricia Couture (Mother), charged with criminal negligence resulting in death, ruled not criminally responsible.
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